Author: Darrell

Vietnam-era Vets 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

All veterans encouraged to apply to participate in event Originally By: Christy Steadman Revised By: Joel Mendelson, Department of Colorado District 5, Adjutant Darrell Myers, Department Public Relations Chairman and Observer Editor verified all information with Congressmen Perlmutter’s Denver Office on February 17, 2017. Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-7th District, is inviting all Vietnam-era veterans to be honored at a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony on March 24. Per information provided on the direct link for the forms site, if you did not sign up before February 15th, the March 24 ceremony is full. But they have added a second ceremony to be conducted on April 7th. The deadline for applying is still March 1, 2017. All Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are encouraged to participate. The commemoration does not distinguish between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. The deadline to fill out the required application for participation in the event is March 1. 2017 All Vietnam-era veterans in Colorado are eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin, which can be awarded posthumously. For more information or to fill out the application electronically, visit Congressmen Perlmutter Website at www.perlmutter.house.gov.  A direct link to the application is also available: https://form.jotform.com/70095317447155 Additional questions can...

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Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund to Begin Accepting Applications February 1, 2017

Farmer Veteran Coalition Press Release DAVIS, CA (January 26, 2017) – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture, announced today the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will begin accepting applications February 1 for the 2017 award cycle. The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is the largest grant program in the country that provides direct assistance to veterans in agriculture and has awarded more than $1 million since it was established in 2011. “The Fellowship Fund has played a vital role in the success of hundreds of farmer veterans as they establish their farming operations,” said Rachel Petitt, manager of the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. “Whether they’re just getting started, or have been farming for a few years, the fellowship provides farmer veterans with valuable equipment and resources they would not otherwise have access to. We’re excited to begin accepting applications and look forward to awarding as many farmer veterans as possible.” Beginning at 8 a.m. PST on February 1, the 2017 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund application will be posted to the FVC website at www.farmvetco.org. Applicants will have more than six weeks to complete and submit the application. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, March 20. The fellowship awards, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per person, are paid to third-party vendors of the awardees choosing for purchases that make...

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The only Medal of Honor Recipient to ever give his Medal back has died

By: Adam Linehan, on January 24, 2017, T&P on Facebook   Last week, former Army Chaplain Charlie Liteky passed away at the age of 85, leaving behind a controversial legacy of anti-war activism, despite being a war hero himself. Charlie Liteky, a former Army chaplain and the only known recipient of the Medal of Honor to have ever returned the medal in a demonstration of political dissent, died on Jan. 20 in San Francisco several weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 85. Having first gained national attention as a war hero credited with saving the lives of more than 20 wounded men during a fierce battle in South Vietnam, Liteky’s unlikely transformation into a peace activist and vociferous opponent of the Reagan administration’s policies in Central America made him a polarizing figure, especially among his fellow veterans. But if there’s one thing both his supporters and critics could agree upon, or at least not deny, it was that he was an extraordinarily brave man. “When I look at Liteky, I have respect for the courage of his views,” Paul Bucha, a medal recipient and a past president of the Medal of Honor Society, told SFGate in 2000. “It’s difficult to be an iconoclast. It’s much easier to go along. Men like Liteky are people who should force us to pause and think, they should not be ostracized and...

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Car Dealer Contact

Hi All, I spoke with Curt Sorenson today and got an update on the project Cripple Creek Post 171 is working on in the community. The renovation of a home for a local Veteran with a child suffering with MS. As you may recall, their cause was reported in the Legion Magazine recently. The Veteran, Andrew is temporarily staying in Oklahoma and making trips to check on the progress of his home. The 4-wheel drive truck he currently has is dilapidated and is on it’s last leg. Post 171 is hoping to find a dealer willing to either donate a used 4-wheel drive truck or SUV the Veteran can modify for his handicap son, or possibly offer him a good used 4-wheel drive vehicle for a very good discounted price. Does anyone have a good contact at a dealership? If so, please reach out to Curt at the email csorenson@ku.edu or call him at 719-671-1037. Since the Legion Magazine published the article about the project, Post 171  have been very blessed with an outpouring of donations and offer of assistance. The donations have been small, but good enough to get work done, such as electrical problems fixed and the VFW (I believe) is donating a Range and a Refrigerator. Home Depot came through with $5,000. Please reach out to your contacts and let’s find a dealer with a big...

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Legion blasts Manning commutation

Legion blasts Manning commutation National Commander Charles E. Schmidt criticized President Obama’s decision today, January 18, 2017, to commute the sentence of an ex-soldier convicted of violating the U.S. Espionage Act along with many other charges. Chelsea Manning served in the U.S. Army as Pvt. Bradley Manning before being arrested and sentenced to 35 years at Fort Leavenworth for leaking a classified video to the website WikLeaks. “Anybody who has ever served in the U.S. military understands the seriousness of protecting classified material,” Schmidt said. “Private Manning put American lives at risk. Manning was convicted of 20 out of 22 charges. Releasing this prisoner sends precisely the wrong message to all Americans who are entrusted to keep our national secrets secret.” Schmidt, a retired Air Force officer and Vietnam War veteran, also expressed “serious concern” over the pardon of Gen. James Cartwright, who pled guilty in October to one charge of making false statements to federal investigators after he was accused of leaking top secret information. “General Cartwright had a long and distinguished career but would he have been treated the same if he were a sergeant?” Schmidt asked. “These inexplicable moves do nothing to discourage future offenders from violating their oaths to protect America’s national security. The American Legion is hoping that President Obama is not considering more commutations and pardons of this nature before he leaves office...

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